City v Spurs: Fans' Favourite
- 13 February 2016 14:51
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
There was only ever going to be one winner in this week's vote for the home game against Spurs you most wanted to relive here on mcfc.co.uk...
Regardless of whether your humble author feels as though the 3-2 from 2012 should really have won, the masses have spoken and the 6-0 win from 2013/14 has come out on top...
City 6 Spurs 0, 24 November 2013
The match that launched a thousand "Six and the City" newspaper headlines...
Three goals in each half gave Manuel Pellegrini's side an emphatic victory over the North Londoners back in November 2013.
Jesus Navas sent City on their way with a goal after just 13 seconds and it continued to get better and better for the majority inside the Etihad Stadium that afternoon.
Navas went on to score again in stoppage-time after Sergio Aguero had scored twice, Sandro put through his own net and Alvaro Negredo netted with two brilliant strikes.
It was one of the most memorable games of an historic, goal-laden season which saw City score more than 100 goals and win a second title in three years.
City: Pantilimon, Clichy, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic Lescott 46), Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri (Milner 77), Navas, Negredo, Aguero (Garcia 69)
Unused subs: Hart, Richards, Dzeko, Guidetti
Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Kaboul, Sandro, Paulinho (Dembele 61), Lennon, Holtby (Adebayor 46), Lamela, Soldado (Sigurdsson 61)
Unused Subs:: Friedel, Chiriches, Townsend, Defoe
0’ – GOAL! Jesus Navas scores City's quickest goal of the season with a brilliant lob over Hugo Lloris.
5’ – Off the line! Spurs nearly hit straight back through Lamela but Demichelis is there to mop up with Pantilimon beaten. Breathless stuff in the early minutes.
13’ – Negredo plays in Nasri and the Frenchman is through until Sandro slides through the back of him. No penalty given.
33' - GOAL! Unleash the Beast! City double their advantage through Alvaro Negredo who is on hand to bicycle kick the ball in via deflections off a couple of Spurs players.
40’ – GOAL! Jesus Navas is the creator... he is fed in by Zabaleta on the right and delivers an incredible pinpoint cross, right across the face of goal, for Aguero to tap in his 19th goal for club and country this season. Remarkable.
49’ – GOAL! Yaya Toure plays a couple of the most nonchelant one-twos in the centre of the pitch you'll ever see before driving through the heart of Tottenham's defence. It looks like he could pull the trigger himself but he unselfishly squares to Aguero who is left with the simplest of tasks to convert past the helpless Lloris.
52 – Crossbar! Nasri attempts an audacious chip from the left corner of the penalty area - it's beaten Lloris but it's just an inch too high and bounces back off the top of the bar. Stunning technique, so unlucky.
56’ – It's another sumptious strike, this time from Negredo who turns Dawson on the edge of the area before bending the ball around Lloris on his instep. A natural finish from an absolute predator. 5-0
90+1’ – GOAL! Spurs supporters are streaming for the exit because Jesus Navas has just latched onto a long punt forward and slotted past Hugo Lloris to cap a quite incredible performance from the home side. Six of the best!
Man of the Match
“City destroyed Tottenham with a performance that simply blew the North Londoners away and once again demonstrated what an exhilarating side the Blues can be when they have their shooting boots on.
Three goals in each half completed a 6-0 rout that somewhat flattered Spurs who could have been heading back home having conceded double figures, such was City’s superiority on the day.” David Clayton, Manchester City
“The score-line does not lie. City’s attacking was as quick, incisive and ruthless as Spurs’ defending was feeble. Jesús Navas started and ended the rout, Sandro conceded an own goal, Sergio Agüero poached a double, and Álvaro Negredo added another.
“’Feed the beast,’ the City fans sang, ‘and he will score’. And he scored a beauty: a brilliant turn and powerful finish.” Henry Winter, Telegraph
"City are phenomenal at home, with 18 goals in their last three games at the Etihad, but this was an afternoon in which all Tottenham’s shortcomings were exposed. Villas-Boas even made good on his recent promise to bring on Emmanuel Adebayor for his first appearance of the season, a prospect he can never have considered when his club were embarking on that ambitious, post-Gareth Bale rebuilding programme this summer.
"Five goals up before the hour, City really might have had at least three more after that before Navas scored the sixth and Spurs went quietly to their fate. Moussa Dembélé, a second-half substitute, made a slight improvement but by then the damage had been done. This City attack looks capable of slicing up any side in the league at home and to compete you really have to be at your best – a standard from which Spurs fell well short." Sam Wallace, Independent